Meryl Streep cried, Jean Dujardin screamed, Billy Crystal sang, a winner dropped the F-bomb in his acceptance speech and even a dog went onstage... but what got most people talking, at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday night in LA, was Angelina Jolie’s right leg. The 36-year-old actor, clad in a black Versace gown with a slit all the way up to the thigh, came on stage to present the award for the Best Adapted Screenplay and stood in a rampmodel’s signature pose with her hands on her waist and her bare right leg sticking out of the gown.
The winners of that award for The Descendants — Jim Rash and Nat Faxon — came on stage and mocked Jolie’s pose by standing with their right leg sticking out, as their director and co-writer Alexander Payne looked on.
Soon, Jolie’s pose became the biggest talking point at the venue including the present media, and a Twitter account @angiesRightLeg came up in no time. The Twitter handle amassed over 2,200 followers even before the next category of award for the Best Actor was announced. "We were only paying a loving tribute to Jolie. Because we realised we have the exact same legs as hers," chuckled Rash when we asked him later about the act of ‘Jolieing’ — a term which was also trending by then. Jolie did not talk to the media about the incident, causing speculation that she was offended. Payne, too, looked distinctly uncomfortable about the onstage mockery of Jolie by his team, and said that he doesn’t want to discuss the incident.
The ceremony that got beamed live on Star Movies, was itself entertaining, though with no surprises as all the predicted winners, Jean Dujardin as Best Actor, Meryl Streep as Best Actress, Octavia Spencer as Best Supporting Actress and Christopher Plummer as Best Supporting Actor, took the Oscar trophy home.
Angie’s leg steals the show
The Twitter handle @angiesRightLeg — set up after Jolie flaunted her pins — got more than 9,000 followers within a few hours.
Singer-actor Jennifer Lopez seemed to have a peek-a-boo moment, when she came on the stage to present an award. Soon after, a mock account —@JLosNipple was created on Twitter with updates such as "DID YOU SEE ME!?"
‘My dad looks like margaret thatcher'
Meryl Streep, 62, has coined a new term — ‘Streep fatigue’. Talking to the press minutes after winning the Oscar for Best Actress at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, she said, "You’ll soon suffer from ‘Streep fatigue’, if you don’t already." The actor was referring to her remark in her award acceptance speech that this may just be her last Oscar win. But when reminded that she is yet to achieve the milestone of maximum number of Oscars set by Katherine Hepburn (four Oscars), Streep, nominated for the record 17th time, appeared incredulous.
"Really, I don’t have the maximum yet? Then I’ll have to be back," she said. Talking about her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, she said, "I’m ecstatic that it’s been received so well. I never met Margaret Thatcher in real life. Just tried to give my own shades to the character."
Streep, who had to apply several layers of make-up for three hours everyday to look like Thatcher, said she could still see only herself in the mirror. “In fact, after the makeup and short hair, I thought I looked like my dad,” she laughed. And then with a straight face added, “That means my dad looks like margaret thatcher.”
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(Editor Sonal Kalra reports from the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles)